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  1. On 31/03/2020 at 15:02, gvallee said:

    Yes, they are a pleasure to watch. I remember the excitement when I saw my first one, I could hardly focus.

    Jurgen Otto who's the expert in Oz, believes that all species have now been discovered. He's had a few to his name! Not all of them have been described though (no name given yet), science is always a slow process. They're tiny bugg***s, most people don't realise. The size of a match head.


    Thanks, I just googled Jurgen Otto and had a look at the variety of colourful peacock spiders. Fantastic! I'd only ever seen photos before and assumed they were bigger, so thought the one in my kitchen was just a regular, small jumping spider. But then I noticed the blue and red and took a photo with my macro lens, and was very excited to realise it was a peacock spider.


    If you ever want a good laugh, I suggest googling "jumping spider macro". It makes me laugh every time I look at them 🤣 They look like mini alien beings.

  2. Hi Ortho, Yes I can see the links now, and I viewed your Dropbox image at 100%. I agree with Colin, I think that should be fine in terms of ISO. In the staircase image I did see what looks like a small bit of purple colour fringing at the very bottom middle of the image where the wooden floor meets the white curved wall. This is minor in the scheme of things and I only saw it because I zoomed in 100%, so it is unlikely to matter, but if you really wanted to you could remove this in Lightroom. I'm not using Lightroom myself but I believe you do it via the Lens Correction Panel there. Cheers, Sally

  3. Hi Ortho, it just occurred to me to also mention that my Nikon D3000 had the same megapixels as your Nikon D60, so a 10.2 megapixel camera can be ok, providing you are not cropping too much. The D3000 had a CCD sensor like the D60 too. I actually found I got nice panned shots of birds in flight with this sensor that were more similar to film images capturing movement. I haven't been able to replicate this with my Nikon D5200 which has a CMOS sensor. I think it is to do with the way the image forms across the sensor, and think there are sometimes advantages to older cameras for specific purposes.

  4. Hi Ortho! Welcome to Alamy. I don't think the sensor size on your D60 should be a problem at all. Most of the images I have submitted have been taken with a Nikon D5200, and just checking the specs that sensor is even slightly smaller than the D60. I've also uploaded images I took with my previous Nikon which was a D3000, another crop sensor.


    So the sensor size on the D60 itself will not lead you to fail QC. It will be more important that images are in focus and meet Alamy's quality requirements, including checking for dust sensor spots, chromatic aberration etc. You can see the aspects that Alamy looks at here: https://www.alamy.com/contributors/alamy-how-to-pass-qc.pdf


    A few of my older images have been taken with the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens, and these were accepted, so again, I don't think the lens in itself would be an issue either.


    Unfortunately the links you've provided there aren't hyperlinked. Is it possible to post them in as a straight copy of the URL? Someone else here might be able to advise the best way to post the images.


    As for ISO, there are a few factors to consider. The quality of ISO settings can vary from camera to camera. I have had images accepted at ISO 800, so they can be ok. It depends quite a bit on exposure. If an image is already a bit under-exposed, then quite likely ISO 800 might be a problem. If you do try to reduce noise in post processing the main thing is to check how much it is affecting sharpness, as it can have an impact on this. From what I understand, and I haven't done this myself, you can reduce noise some degree by downsampling the resolution. I have not tried this myself though, so I can't comment from experience.


    Apart from your initial submissions, Alamy spot check rather than look at every single image. So the onus is very much on the contributor to make a decision about the quality of the image. If you do have one fail, then all in the same batch will fail. I had one fail early on for an image being soft, and you quickly learn to develop a sense of what is required. So if you have one or two failures early on just see it as a learning curve.


    Others may have more feedback to give. All the best!


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  5. 22 hours ago, MDM said:

    Versions of Photoshop since CS4 can be used for focus stacking so special software is not essential. I did a bit of experimenting back in January as well as checking out some software reviews and Helicon Focus gets the vote so I decided to invest in it. There is a trial version available as well.


    Thanks MDM. I look forward to experimenting with focus stacking in the future. Amazing to see the sample shots posted here. Also, hope you get well soon!


    20 hours ago, NYCat said:

    You can change the "zooms" to "comp" in the address to get a larger image. Or it may be changing the "comp" to "zooms". Anyway, just make it the other one before you hit "enter" or "submit" or whatever it is.


    Thanks Paulette, now I know what to do!

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  6. 3 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Peacock Spider - Australia




    I love peacock spiders! In the place I was renting until a few months ago I had a peacock spider that loved my kitchen. By photographing him with my macro lens I was able to see his patterns closely and found he was a Dunn's Peacock Spider. I put him outside several times thinking maybe he would be better outside, but he just kept coming back into the kitchen again and again (assuming it was the same spider). My images were extremely grainy so I won't try and upload them here. They are so small and it is so amazing the beautiful patterns that are less noticeable unless you look really closely.

  7. 13 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    And you have some truly beautiful birds to love down there, Sally. And many creatures unique to that large island. A woman in Sydney told me she had baby cobras in her garden. Really? Yikes! I was lucky to do a shoot of Australia for PanAm in the '70s, cuddled a baby Kuala and watched the giant sea turtles lay their eggs on Heron Island. 


    Thanks Ed. That's great you got to travel with your work with PanAm. It would have been something of an adventure to travel and see the world. I'm glad you got to cuddle a koala and see the turtles lay their eggs. I wonder if the woman talking about baby cobras in her garden was telling a bit of a tall story? Australians are somewhat known for tall stories about dangerous animals, and as far as I'm aware we don't have cobras in Australia, unless they were pets? But we do have quite a number of other venomous snakes. The main two around Perth are the Dugite and Tiger Snake. I see them quite a bit as I'm often out in nature doing photography. I used to get a bit of a fright when I came across one, but eventually you realise they are just a creature like you going about their daily business. The main thing is to take care not to step on them, give them space and let them go on their way. I was in NZ in 2018 where there are no snakes, and I realised that I always have this kind of snake radar operating when out bushwalking, and kept having to remind myself I didn't need to look out for them there. The most exciting thing for me there was getting to see a kiwi in the wild.


    Actually, speaking of the tendency of Australians to tell scary (and often tall) stories about wild animals, a Scottish journalist was tricked into believing she was being given a very dangerous 'drop bear' to hold, that was actually a koala. If you want to see a video of it, it is here:


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  8. 9 hours ago, MDM said:

    It looked sort of ok on my computer but yes awful  on my iPad.


    I've found if I drag and drop from the Alamy website they appear distorted on my iPhone, but if I go into AIM, click on enlarge, and then drag and drop from there they are ok. But yes, they look ok from the computer.


    Ten years ago Stanley and Kaisa Breeden published a book of wildflower images from Western Australia called Wildflower Country using focus stacking. The wildflowers here are often intricate and trying to capture a macro image with a decent depth of field is tricky. Using a tripod to increase exposure time for greater depth of field usually creates problems because there is usually a breeze blurring the image. They've made a sample chapter of the book available online in case it is of interest: https://www.fremantlepress.com.au/system/spree/files/attachments/000/000/352/original/wildflowers_sample.pdf?1417062931


    I would like to learn focus stacking at some point. I do not currently have the right software, but hope to later this year, so interested to read about other peoples' experiments with this.

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  9. 12 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Sally, love your birdie snaps. 


    Do you know DustyDingo in Perth? He's a good guy with a lovely family. Good luck to all you folks DownUnder, with this terrible health crisis and the coming depression. 


    Thank you so much Ed 😊 I absolutely love birds. Our garden is full of them at the moment. They are being attracted by grevillea plants in flower. Hoping to get some pics in the next few days.


    DD mentioned the other day that he is also in Perth. It is great to know there is another West Australian on the forum 🙂 


    Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope we can all weather this storm worldwide. Already peoples' livelihoods are gone in many cases, and the impact on human health and life is devastating. The world is going to be remade in ways yet to be determined, but hopefully in a co-operative way and maybe with some improvements, despite all the bad stuff happening.


    Take care and keep well!

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  10. Don't worry Allan, I had a conversation with a friendly looking cockroach in the laundry the other day (though that is not unusual for me 😜 I'm no good at killing anything and usually just chat to little creatures instead).


    I think the amazing thing is how we can talk to one another across the world while all going through similar experiences. I can't help thinking of people in the 1918 flu pandemic having nowhere near the level of communication with others that we have across the internet. So much unknown, including about loved ones in WWI. Now the whole world is going through much the same thing at once and we can actually talk to each other about it in real time!




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  11. I was curious to see if garden centres are now shut here also, given the recent reports of stores having trouble keeping up with demand for seeds and seedlings. The main chains I looked at still seem to be open. I have relatives who run a nursery and they are now closed to the public, but people can come in their car, phone for what they want, and staff will bring it out to them. They are now talking about the possibility of a stage 3 lockdown here, which I think will be the same as the UK if it goes ahead.

  12. I hope your staff stay well DD and can continue with the in-home support.


    I have study commitments which I can do entirely from home, so that is keeping me busy, but I also hope during this extended period at home to be able to plant out some unusual varieties of vegetable seeds I bought some time ago (hope they still grow and are not too past their use-by date). I have compost ready I can spread out to make a garden bed. Apparently there has been a rush on buying seeds and seedlings here, with many people planning to grow more of their own food. It's like going back to a time when most people grew some vegetables in the backyard and had a few fruit trees. I watched Gardening Australia on TV last night and it was so relaxing amidst all the heavy news we are getting about Covid-19. The presenters on the show are all so lovely too, and the show's host Costa Georgiadis cultivates an epic beard reminiscent of a garden gnome:



    Somewhere in all of this too I'd like to do some still life photos. I've got quite a few ideas using bits and pieces from in the house and the shed, and now is the opportunity to do some of those things.

  13. 5 hours ago, LSP said:

    I don't know about anyone else, but I do find it comforting to think that nature and the critters are still out there getting on with it, even though us humans are having a hard time.


    I had this exact thought today. We have grevillea plants at the front, side and back of the house. They have all started flowering at once and lots of white-cheeked honeyeaters have come to feed on the nectar. I can't help thinking how life goes on for them, and they have been so chirpy and happy all day. I feel like with us humans lying low at the moment, the other creatures have the world more to themselves.

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